Michael Linton's Bayeux Tapestry: 1066 - A Medieval Mosaic and Puzzles
The Mosaic Artists
Michael A. Linton was born in Yorkshire, England and immigrated to New Zealand with his parents at the age of eleven. Michael was educated in Timaru and after leaving school pursued a career in textiles. Since 1984, he has operated a successful knitwear manufacturing and retail business in Geraldine with his wife Gillian. In 1999, the Guinness Book of Records recognized "The Giant Jersey" as having the world's largest jersey.
Over many years, Michael has developed a keen interest in mathematical recreations, including magic squares, magic cubes, alphametics, prime number theory, and perfect numbers. Michael has also developed a large number of his own games and puzzles so it is not surprising to find that he has encoded puzzles into the background of the Medieval Mosaic.
Michael started creating mosaics out of steel in 1971. The earliest works were tiny 25mm x 25mm paintings followed by pictures of Medieval knights and effigies. The Bayeux tapestry project was started in 1979. Michael's medieval mosaic labour of love was finally finished 25 years later. The mosaic measures 42 metres and weighs 287 kilograms.
Rachael K. Linton was born in April 1983, grew up in Peel Forest and moved to Wellington, New Zealand, in 2002. Rachael has recently completed a Bachelor of Design (Honours) at Massey University in Digital Media. Deriving from the work Rachael did on the Bayeux Tapestry "Finale Section" she also acquired a particular passion for medieval bestiary, iconography and Aesop's Fables, which has fed into many of her design projects.
Creating 3D animated fantastical characters and scenes and bringing old stories to life in a modern day context is why 3D animation appeals to Rachael. In this fanciful realm, she can bring all her creative endeavours together into a single work. Drawing, Painting, and creating videos are among Rachael's preferred forms of creative artistry.
Rachael is also a musician at heart. She has played cello with many orchestras; she sings, performs and has a passion for sound recording and mixing for film.
Rachael is an enthusiastic artist and designer is delighted that she has been able to combine her love of design and medieval history into the Bayeux Tapestry Finale.